•  The following information is taken from our Course of Studies.

     
    VISUAL ARTS 776 INTRODUCTORY PAINTING AND DRAWING This course is open to all levels, for students who have no experience in 2D art. In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of media such as: pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolor, oil pastels, acrylics and printmaking. Students will do exercises to learn techniques and then will be able to create an independent project of their own design using the specific media. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester or a Year – 1 Credit per Semester — Prerequisite: None
     
     2D STUDIO ART Students will learn advanced techniques and skills using the media introduced in Intro to Painting and Drawing. Specific exercises to learn techniques will be given with the opportunity for students to explore and create individualized projects of their own design. This class is set up with one required 2 mod lecture day per week and 8 mods of open studio time for the remaining days of the week. Students are required to attend ten mods a week. Students can choose when to attend the additional required mods per week based on their availability during the open studio time. Lessons will change and adapt with the student’s needs and level. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester or a Year (2 Mods Lecture/8 Mods Open Studio) 1 Credit per Semester — Prerequisite: Introductory Painting and Drawing 
     
     IB VISUAL ARTS This is a three-semester/two year course open to juniors. In year one this class will meet daily for two mods a day. In year 2 this class will meet during the spring semester three times a week for two mods a day. There is no prerequisite for this class, but it would be beneficial to have previously taken a studio art course. It is strongly recommended for students going on to study art in college. The course has three assessment tasks: the Comparative Study, the Process Portfolio and the Exhibition. The first year will be spent working on the Comparative Study (20% of grade) and the Process Portfolio (40% of grade). For the Comparative Study, students analyze and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts over 10-15 slides of a Google presentation. Students will also create a work of art inspired by this study. For the Process Portfolio, students will submit carefully selected materials, which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course. Students will create a 15-25 page Google presentation that shows evidence of experimentation in three different art forms. Students will also create studio work of their own design independently during this year. The second year will be spent preparing for the Exhibition (40% of grade). Students will create and submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication. Students are required to exhibit 8–11 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (700 words maximum) is also required for the exhibit. This class will meet for two mods a day three times a week (opposite the IB TOK class) for one semester. Year 1 — Full Year – 10 Mods – 2 Credits Year 2 — Spring Semester – 6 Mods - .5 Credit Please be advised there is an external assessment fee for this course.
     
    INTRODUCTORY CERAMICS Introductory Ceramics is intended for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have little to no experience with clay. During this course you will learn the basics of hand building as well as throwing on the pottery wheel. There will be a strong focus on craftsmanship and individual expression. You will have the opportunity to create functional and sculpture ceramic art. Throughout this course students will discover unconventional ways to add texture and designs to your work. Specific projects will be assigned in order to gain knowledge and skills that are essential in clay construction. Upon completion of Introductory Ceramics you will have an understanding of the clay process from creating to glazing. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester or a Year– 1 Credit per Semester — Prerequisite: None 80 
     
    INTRODUCTORY SCULPTURE Introductory Sculpture is intended for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an interest in sculptural art. You will learn and apply the elements of art and the principles of design to create three-dimensional art. During this course metal, plaster, clay, fabric and recycled materials will be used to make your ideas come to life. Projects will vary as much as the materials. Each project will require research, sketching, critiques and reflection. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester of a Year – 1 Credit per Semester — Prerequisite: None
     
     3D STUDIO ART Three-Dimensional Studio Art is intended for individuals that have previously taken Introductory Sculpture or Introductory Ceramics. You will apply your knowledge of the elements of art and the principles of design. There will be an emphasis on craftsmanship and individual expression. This course will allow you to begin a body of work and focus on your unique style. Each project will require research, critiques and reflection. You will be expected to be self-motivated and expand your use of materials to construct aesthetically pleasing artwork. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester or a Year (2 Mods Lecture/8 Mods Open Studio) 1 Credit per Semester - Prerequisite — Introductory Sculpture or Introductory Ceramics
     
    DIGITAL ARTS 1 Digital Arts 1 is intended for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an interest in computers and photography. During this course you will learn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You will have the opportunity to design graphic images as well as alter photographs. Throughout this course students will learn a variety of techniques and computer skills. Specific projects will be assigned in order to gain knowledge of the tools available in Adobe programs that are essential to creating successful art. Upon completion of Digital Arts 1 you will have a strong understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester or a Year – 1 Credit per Semester — Prerequisite: None
     
    DIGITAL ARTS 2: DESIGN AND FABRICATION Digital Arts 2 is intended for individuals that have previously taken Digital Arts 1. During this course you will apply your understanding of design programs to turn your digital art into three-dimensional forms. You will incorporate 3D printing, laser cutting, and fabrication to bring your computer designs to life. Each project will require research, critiques and reflection. 10 Mods/Week for a Semester or a Year – 1 Credit per Semester — Prerequisite: Digital Arts 1